February 29, 2008
Issue 9 

BSU students took part in the Freedom Walk on Feb. 4 to celebrate diversity as part of activities surrounding the recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.

Campus Notes

College of Arts and Letters

Patrick Carriere, assistant professor of theatre & communication arts, recently accompanied 12 students to the Region V Conference of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Omaha, Neb. He was selected to serve as a judge in the initial round of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions, act as a mentor for student directors and writers in the 10 minute play festival and participated in an acting workshop.

Carriere also was selected as this year's faculty representative from a seven-state region to the national conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April

College of Professional Studies

Dr. Charles E. Alberti, professor emeritus of education, provided editorial contributions to Grace Huerta, Ph.D. of Utah State University prior to the book "Educational Foundations - Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives" being published by Houghton Mifflin. Alberti's editorial contributions to Dr. Huerta are noted in the text.

Dr. Lorraine Boyle and Dr. Siri Anderson, assistant professors of professional education, will present "Shake, Rattle and Role: Advising On-line Students in the 21st Century" at the 2008 Realizing Student Potential, I-Teach conference in Minneapolis from Feb. 28-March 1. DLiTE student Kristi Vetsch will also co-present.

Dr. Jim Mastro, professor of professional education, is a finalist in the United States Olympic Hall of Fame - Paralympics Division. Mastro was nominated by a committee consisting of athletes, members of the US Olympic Hall of Fame, historians and USOC Representatives.

The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame has established voting form on its Web site http://www.usolympichalloffame.com where visitors are able to cast votes in support of Mastro and other Hall of Fame candidates until March 28.

College of Social and Natural Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Traxler, professor of chemistry, is one of 20 educators selected to participate in the U.S. Air Force Health Professional Tour held May 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas. The focus of the tour is to demonstrate to educators that the Air Force is a viable career option for top students who are interested in medical professions. Traxler will have the opportunity to experience the Air Force first hand through visits to Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base.

Student Development and Enrollment

T. Todd Masman, director of leadership and service, and Rita Albrecht, community partner with the Headwaters Regional Development Council, attended a meeting of the Minnesota Campus Compact on Feb. 12 in relation to the capacity-building grant Bemidji State received in support of the development of a student-inspired Community Leadership Center.

• Earlier this year, Masman was elected to serve as the faculty and staff coordinator for the Minnesota Campus Alliance, a newly formed higher education association whose mission is to create welcoming, affirming and safe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender environments on college and university campuses throughout Minnesota. It intends to build a statewide network of individuals and organizations working for equality and justice on issues of gender and sexual diversity.

Mary Tosch, interim director of the Hobson Memorial Union, presented at the Minnesota College Personnel Association Careers in Student Affairs conference on Feb. 15. The title of the presentation was "The First Year Rollercoaster," and it discussed the transition to an individual's first year as a professional in student affairs.

Personnel News

Geri Bang joined the Alumni Association as assistant director of alumni relations effective Feb. 18.

Timothy Holzhueter joined the Center for Extended Learning as an adjunct instructor effective Feb. 11.

Joe Kleszyk joined Security and Safety as a temporary employee effective Feb. 12.

T. Todd Masman was named director of leadership and service effective Feb. 13.

Mary Tosch was named interim director of the Hobson Memorial Union effective Feb. 13.

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